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True Blue. A Real Wedding In Middlesbrough – Kelly & Greg

August 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its been an epic week of beautiful Real Weddings here at Brides Up North, so I thought I’d wrap up with another stunner this Saturday.  As you all head off to enjoy your weekends, I’ll leave you with Kelly and Greg’s cool blue celebration in Middlesbrough, proving that beautiful can be done on a budget. 

With images by Sally T Photography

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Kelly says:  We tied the knot on 23rd March 2013 at Middlesbrough Town Hall.  We choose this venue as it was somewhere different, nobody had ever held a traditional wedding ceremony there and we loved the historic value and architecture of the Town Hall.

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We decided to use the décor and colours of the town hall as part of our inspiration, deep reds, navy and dark wood, and all the little touches like the bouquets, flowers and bridesmaids dresses tied in together with that. 

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I’ve never dreamed of my wedding day so didn’t have any particular ideas and just went with the flow.  I wanted to make the day relaxing and enjoyable for us and our friends and family.

Each bit of our wedding was about us.  We tried to spend as little as possible and spent money on what we thought mattered which was the food and alcohol! Everything just fitted into place and the venue just made the day even more special and it’s in the centre of our Town where we grew up. We hope we showed everyone how much me and Greg love each other through the most wonderful day of our lives and one we will treasure and never forget.

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My dress was from Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton.  It just felt right, it fitted perfectly and looked beautiful. I loved the detailing of the pearls and stones on the dress and just felt like the dress was just made for me.

My earrings were given to me by my mam. I didn’t wear any other jewellery as I felt I had enough sparkle in my bouquet and on my dress. My beautiful garter was made by What Katy Did Next.

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We wanted something simple and pretty for the flower girls and my adult bridesmaids wore navy on cream and cream on navy dresses from Debenhams accessorised with gem headpieces I found in a boutique in Middlesbrough.

Greg had his suit made especially for him by G Russell Tailor in Billingham. 

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Floral Dreamz made my and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. I had been searching for a florist that made crystal brooch bouquets for a long time when I came across these on Facebook. I didn’t like the idea of spending a lot of money on bouquets that were going to be thrown away at the end of the day so I wanted something that I could keep forever. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice as they were beautiful and every time I look at my bouquet, it reminds me of our wonderful day. One of my bridesmaids has had hers taken apart and had jewellery made with the brooches which I thought was a lovely idea.

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My car was supplied by my father in law donning his own chauffer’s hat that he got from a fancy dress shop! He made me giggle!

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There are so many moments but my favourite part was the church service. It was so relaxed but still intimate and having all our family and friends there watching us say our vows was very emotional and special for us both.

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The flowers on the table were by local florists in Middlesbrough called Butterflies.   Greg and I wanted to keep them simple and not too big as we wanted our guests to be able to see each other across the table.

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I decorated a wall in the room with three heart shaped metal memo boards. To the left heart I attached pictures of me growing up, the one on the right had pictures of Greg growing up and the one in the middle had pictures of me Greg and Sebastian – our son – as a family. I thought it would be nice to show friends and family a story of then and now.

After searching the internet for ideas for an alternative guest book I found the idea of using a ‘Fingerprint Tree’ I purchased a canvas and my friend drew a very beautiful tree on the canvas for me. We then got our guests to put their fingers in ink and put their fingerprints on the tree as leaves and finally writing their names next to it. It looks amazing and from what I’ve heard people enjoyed taking part.

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We used Sally T Photography.  Sally is a truly unique photographer, she captured moments that I would have missed if she wasn’t there to see them for me. Her style is unlike any I’ve seen and we were overwhelmed by her amazing photographs. She captured all those important moments that mattered to us. We couldn’t have chosen a more talented photographer.

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Greg and I wanted a cake that wasn’t iced as we both don’t like icing. I also wanted the cake to be like the wedding ‘a bit of everything all rolled into one’ it was colourful as we didn’t really stick to one colour scheme for the wedding. I had seen a few naked cakes that I liked and showed them to Debbie from Cakes By Debbie.  Each tier had a different flavour jam – strawberry, lemon and blackberry – which gave it some colour too. It was then sprinkled with dry icing and decorated with fresh flowers and fruit (strawberries and blueberries). It looked amazing, I didn’t expect it to look as gorgeous as it did and taste as amazing as it looked. I didn’t want to cut into it. I’m happy to say that every last piece was eaten.

The gorgeous peg cake toppers were made by What Katy Did Next.

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We choose Flavour for our catering.  Paul our caterer went above and beyond just organising the food.  His team helped set up the room and ensured that the day went smoothly by my schedule. As they’ve catered for a lot of weddings I turned to them for lots of advice. I couldn’t have found a better company to work with.

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We meet at Middlesbrough Football Club where I work as a Hospitality Bar Supervisor and Greg is a big fan of the Boro so we wanted to include that into the wedding so we named our tables after Middlesbrough Legend Footballers.

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We had a saxophonist to play whilst guests were arriving and during the meal (Harry of Mellow Moments).    He was fantastic. The saxophonist was a surprise for Greg. He loves the saxophone so I knew he would love it.

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The band was my uncle’s band called Still Active. They played songs from Stone Roses, Killers, The Beatles, Kings of Leon and many more. They were fantastic and had everyone up dancing.

We had our first dance to”Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. We choose this song as Greg and I were born in the 80’s and that song seemed to follow us around. We didn’t want a slow song – nothing soppy – and to be honest we don’t have a song that we call our own. We choose this song because we love the lyrics, as cheesy as it sounds the words in the song sum us up.

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We are going to Italy for Greg’s sister’s wedding in the Summer so are going to honeymoon for a week around that to relax.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t stress about the small things and if friends and family who have already been married offer you advice don’t just brush it off, think about it as they’ve done it before and know what they are talking about. Take as much help as you can if you are organising all of the wedding as trying to do it all yourself is exhausting. Enjoy every minute!

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Congratulations Kelly & Greg!

 

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Drink Tea & Eat Cake! A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

December 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Drink tea, eat cake.  Not the worst advice I’ve ever heard for a lazy Sunday. 

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Ahead of an action packed festive season full of meetings, catch ups, venue visits, gatherings with family and friends and one very special Brides Up North Christmas Party, I’m taking a day today to recharge and reorganise before the mayhem ensues.  The season is all about spending time celebrating with loved ones, and after being a guest at a fabulously festive wedding celebration yesterday (Congratulations Tom & Emma!) another day with my nearest and dearest is just what’s needed.

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I’ve some super lovely wedding inspiration in my inbox that I can’t wait to share with you in the coming weeks.  The countdown to Christmas sure is going to be pretty!  To get things started, I will leave you with this fabulous little styled shoot from a collective of North West suppliers, sent to me by Jules Fortune Photography.  Tea & Cake (and gown gazing!) for everyone!

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules says: The shoot came about when Isla Jean Bridal approached me to photograph their new Halo collection.  The line has a very vintage feel and both myself and Vicky of Isla Jean love the styling.  I knew it would be great to get lots of local talent involved and the tearooms in my home town of Rawtenstall in Lancashire seemed the perfect place to start.

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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The Right Royal Tea Party Tearooms is owned and run by Melinda and I have always said that if the right shoot comes up I would love to shoot in her shop… and this seemed perfect. I suggested the tearooms to Vicky as i thought it would be an original, quirky location with some beautiful backdrops.

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I contacted Natalie from Love Bouquets a local company based in Bury who are winning lots of National Awards at the moment for their unique vintage crystal bouquets. We knew the look needed great 50′s styling, so Jenny Gooding Make Up Artist joined the the team and she was excellent.

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For me it was a great opportunity to work with four great local suppliers, photograph a great shoot, show off what we can do… and have some fun too!

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Images: Jules Fortune Photography

Bridal Gowns & Accessories: Isla Jean Bridal

Venue: Right Royal Tea Party Tearooms

Make Up: Jenny Gooding MUA

Crystal bouquets: Love Bouquets

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  – Images © 2012 Jules Fortune Photography 

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Eye Candy: Love Bouquets Goes Cool Britannia

April 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Move over Crown Jewels…

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Love Bouquets has gone all out to celebrate the Royal Wedding with this amazing keep-forever piece made up of vintage union jack brooches, vintage crown brooches and even a replica of Miss Middleton’s famous ring.

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Brides Up North couldn’t keep this spectacular piece of art to myself and had to show it off.  You Northern gals are a talented bunch! Clear a cabinet in the Tower of London.

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It’s as official as the Royal Engagement – Brides Up North loves Love Bouquets.

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Click here to see more of their gorgeous crystal bouquets and read an interview with Love Bouquets.

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Supplier Showcase: Love Bouquets

January 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Fancy a really very special bouquet that you can treasure forever?  Well, these beautiful creations from Love Bouquets, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, will be right up your street.  Prepare to be blown away.

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Photograph by Owen Howells Photography

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No tossing these beauties!  You would take someone’s eye out for a start!  Totally gorgeous.

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Natalie from Love Bouquets tells Brides Up North more…

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What sort of bride do you design for?

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We have found that no bride is the same. We make these bouquets for all budgets and styles and love it when a bride designs their own bouquet to suit their personality!

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What is your most popular design and why?

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Our most popular design is our ‘Graceful’ bouquet which is a large cream rose bouquet with lots of crystal and pearls, its popular as its very well priced for its size and colours of the roses and crystals can be changed to suit many themes. This bouquet also has the vintage touch with brooches scattered throughout.

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Which is your favourite design and why?

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My favourite design is our ‘Elegance’ bouquet it was first designed for my own wedding back in 2009 and is what inspired us to start our own business.

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What what would your dream wedding day be like – and what sort of gown would you choose?  Would you carry a Love Bouquets bouquet? 

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My wedding blessing is June this year and for that I am designing and making my own bespoke bouquet, made completely out of Bethlehem mother of pearl brooches. It will be a one off design but will be amazing I can assure you! My dress is a midnight blue Eternity dress so its different to your normal creams and ivories, but then so are our bouquets.  As for the Royal Wedding this year,  I would have loved to design a bouquet that reflects the engagement ring using some Art Deco sapphire brooches that I have with cala lillies and roses.

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How did Love Bouquets begin?

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We started doing what we do back in 2009 when I saw a bouquet in a wedding magazine.  It was all about the DIY wedding for me back then so me and my mother in law set about finding things to make my own crystal bouquet. Once it was made i posted pictures on a wedding forum and it got a lot of attention.  It wasn’t long before we were asked to make another one and eventually we had to set up a website for the growing demand.

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Is this your dream job?

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Sheila (my mother in law) and I love what we do, we spend most of our evenings wiring crystals and fresh water pearls whilst watching the soaps! Its a passion so its easy to do, we like to keep everything pre wired to allow for last minute orders but it also means we only have to charge for putting a bouquet together rather than the hours spent wiring. A typical working day for us would start with a trawl through some local antique shops (even when on holiday we cant help but have a nosey) then we spend the rest of the day putting our next order together. At the moment i am spending my evenings putting my own bouquet together which is a real labour of love.

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How long does a bouquet take to make from design to finished article?

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We can make most of our bouquets that are featured on the website within a week but at the moment we can only take orders from July onwards. Bespoke orders depend on what the design is but I would say 4-6 weeks.

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Why should a bride choose a Love Bouquets bouquet over real flowers?

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Brides love the idea of being able to keep their bouquets.  I intend to pass my own on to my little girl as it
contains bits of jewellery from her great grandma and has memories which can be her something old. We do also make crystal sprigs containing vintage pieces for brides who are still having fresh flowers. Our bouquets are all inspired by our brides they get full control over their product and we just make it happen!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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We aim to work to all budgets and because we hand wire things whilst watching the TV (!)  it means we don’t pass those charges onto our customers. Our cheapest bouquet is £80 and our most expensive at the moment is the large crystal cascade which starts at £250. We also offer a custom design for brides wishing to make something completely new. We can do smaller matching crystal wands for flower girls and these are only £25 and come in so many colours.

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Can you do a special Love Bouquets discount for Brides Up North readers?

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We can offer 10% off to all the readers of Brides Up North :)

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Brides Up North readers can find us on our website or email us at lovebouquets@gmail.comLove Bouquets is based in Bury.

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